Since Typhoon no longer exists, game developers can not implement that solution. As lordubuntu found out, it appears that both Google and Journey have been left to Savage Planet publisher 505 Games unsure who is responsible. Google̵
On Reddit, a Stadia social manager has now said that Google “is actively working with our partners to identify a solution”, but has not offered any update on who is responsible for what is happening, or if it was possible. We contacted 505 and Google for comment.
The result is that some players have regained a game they simply do not have access to, and without the current timeline for a solution. This will usually be routine work for a recently released game – and it must be deeply uncomfortable to be a former Typhoon developer who knows that you will not be able to make your own hard work available to those who want to play it.
Google closed its internal Stadia studios in early February 2021, affecting 150 employees. It has since been promised that more than 100 third-party games will continue to come into service this year. A lawsuit has been filed against Google, Id Software and Bungie for allegedly misleading customers on the platform’s ability to display games in 4K resolution.
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